I have been told that i am a syed,
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I have been told that i am a syed,
Does this mean that i`cant accept sad`qa, or food from other people...
But i`m not sure wheather i really am or not, so what is the correct rulling regarding the circumstances?
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The literal meaning of the Arabic term Syed is a leader, and is used in colloquial Arabic as a term for respect like Mr. in the English language.
There is no particular sect, tribe or family which is known as Syeds. This Syed term for some reason has become synonymous in the Indo-Pak region to mean a descendant of the Noble Messenger of Allah (saws) and is most probably derived from the early Arab settlers who came to the Indo-Pak region and were called Syeds in respect by the local population.
The descendants of the Noble Prophet of Allah (saws) are better known as the Banu-Hashim or the Hashimites.
There are a lot of people in the Indian Subcontinent who call themselves Syeds and connote that they are descendants of the Messenger of Allah (saws). They may or may not be the direct descendants of the Prophet (saws) or from the Banu Hashim, and Allah Subhanah Alone knows best.
Your Statement: I have been told that i am a syed,
Does this mean that i`cant accept sad`qa, or food from other people... But i`m not sure wheather i really am or not, so what is the correct rulling regarding the circumstances?
The Prophet (saws) declared: "Indeed, Sadaqah ought not to be given to the family of Muhammad ..."
Related by Muslim.
Abu Hurairah reported that when the Prophets (saws) grandson, al-Hasan bin Ali (r.a.) took one date from the Sadaqah dates, the Prophet (saws) said to him: "Nay, spit it out! Don't you know that we (the family of Mohammed (saws)) cannot eat from charity?"
Related by Bukhari and Muslim.
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 3.750 Narrated by Abu Huraira
Whenever a meal was brought to Allah's Messenger (saws), he would ask whether it was a gift or Sadaqa (something given in charity). If he (saws) was told that it was from Sadaqa, he (saws) would tell his companions to eat it, but if it was a gift, he (saws) would hurry to share it with them.
Beloved brother, if indeed you are amongst the descendants of the Prophets family or the Banu Hashim, then the accepting of Sadaqah or Zakah would be forbidden for you.
Being called a Syed by itself does not imply that you are from the Banu Hashim. Only you or your surviving elders might be able to tell with conviction whether indeed you are amongst the descendants of the Noble Prophets family or the Banu Hashim. If you are not from the descendants of Banu Hashim, then indeed there would be absolutely no harm in you accepting Sadaqah or Zakah from the believers.
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